Monday, December 31, 2012

Great Transatlantic and Last Minute Deals


Amazing Transatlantic Sailing Deals

Holland America


16 Day Azores and Spanish Expeditions departing from Tampa in March
Interior Cabins from $699 per person

13 Day Passage to Italy  departing from Fort Lauderdale in March
Interior Cabins from $699 per person

Great Last Minute Deals from Celebrity

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2013 Travel Ideas

Love Scuba Diving?
Consider one of the Sandals Resorts. A daily dive is included for certified divers. 
Book by January 31st and receive air credits, up to 2 nights free and up to 65% off.
Enjoy snorkeling?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last Minute Celebrity Cruise Deals


These amazing values are only available for booking tomorrow 12/18/12 and have very limited availability:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

2013 Trip Planning

Spring Break and Summer Trips – Help is here!

Want to plan a trip for 2013, but too overwhelmed at the thought of spending hours researching on the internet?  Let me help you check it off your to-do list.

If you are thinking about Disney – now is the time to book. Disney’s 2013 Cruises just became available for booking and they will sell out quickly. Spring Break at Disney resorts is also filling up. Trying to decide whether or not to stay on property or off? Give me a call or send me an email. I can help you make that decision.

Have you and 10 – 15 of your closest friends or family members been talking about taking a group trip in 2013 or 2014?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Guest Review: Bahamas Cruise on Monarch of the Seas

Delightful Cruise on the “Old” Lady of the RCCL Fleet


Booked a 3-night Bahamas cruise with my wife - Angie of Trips with Angie.  We live in Florida and can reasonably drive to four ports.  This time was Port Canaveral.  Ports of call were Nassau and CocoCay.  The ship is about to be sold to another cruise company in April 2013 so this is one of the last cruises.  We were in Outside Cabin 2026 forward starboard.  It has small porthole.  Perfect size for a short cruise but would want larger for a 7-night.  No issues with the room itself but we did have some loud “banging” below and around our cabin on two of the nights.  We never did find out what it was, but since the ship is 21 years old, we wrote it off to old age.  The staff and crew onboard were so friendly.  The cabin steward welcomed us which was a very nice touch. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Perks for Trips with Angie Clients

Spring 2013 - Perks for Trips with Angie Clients

Exclusive Perks for Trips with Angie Clients at Barceló Los Cabos or Barceló Maya Beach & Caribe or Barceló Bavaro Beach! Welcome Gifts, Free Spa Services, Private Check – In PLUS up to a $2,000 Resort Credit. Book by December 31st  Travel Before May 31st

Monday, December 3, 2012

12.4.12 Great Deals including Trips with Angie Specials!

Last Minute Deals and Limited Time Promotions

Sandals Resorts – Book by December 6th and receive up to $555 instant credit depending on the resort and length of stay. Remember: many of these all-inclusive resorts include golf and scuba diving in the room rate.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Travel Deals

In addition to the tips and deals I listed here, there's one last minute today only deal on some great all-inclusive resorts:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday Travel Deals

Happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful for this year and all the great adventures I was able to plan for all of you! I hope you are enjoying the holiday.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11.13.12 Exciting Cruise Deals


Helping you navigate all these great deals to find the best value for your family is one of my favorite parts of being a travel agent. Check them out:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

$41/day or less



Some incredible deals from NCL this week.

All these sailings are $41/day or less for an interior cabin.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Special Offers for Trips with Angie Clients



Not only do you get my expert advice and knowing that you have someone on your side as you make an investment in your vacation, you also could get these great free benefits for booking your next adventure with Trips with Angie.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Holiday Travel: All-Inclusive Specials

Still considering spending this holiday season in the Caribbean? 

Check out these all-inclusive resort specials:






































These are land only rates so contact me at tripswithangie@gmail.com for a personalized quote with airfare.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Spotlight on: Activity Based Travel

As a travel agent, I get requests from potential clients,  “I want to go somewhere, but I don’t know where.” My next question is always, “What do you like to do?”
Lots of people end up doing a beach vacation or a cruise because it is what everyone else is doing or what they have always done.  Don’t get me wrong – beaches and cruises are how I spend many of my vacations, but sometimes, you just want to shake it up.
Nowadays, pretty much every activity offers an opportunity to explore a new city while doing something you know you enjoy. Here are a few examples:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cruise Week - Make your Deposits Now for 2013


The world’s largest cruise sale is set to begin on October 21, 2012 as CLIA’s National Cruise Week kicks off. Cruise Lines International Association has replaced National Cruise Vacation Month and the World’s Largest Cruise Night with a special week where cruise lines offer incredible deals.

The cruise sale will run from from the 21-28 of October and all of the major cruise lines have specials that they will be offering. If you are thinking about putting down a deposit on a 2013 cruise, this week will most likely get you the best deal.

 

Carnival Cruises is offering up to $300 cash back and 50% deduced deposits on select sailings through December 2013. Three to five day cruises will receive up to $200 per stateroom and cruises that are six days or longer will receive up to $300 per stateroom. Past guest will in addition to the cash back and reduced deposits will receive 2 category upgrades on their stateroom. Sale runs Oct. 21-27


Princess Cruises is offering free balcony upgrades and 50% reduced deposits on cruises to the Caribbean, Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and the Panama Canal from January to July 2013. Sale ends on Oct. 29th




Holland America is featuring specials on cruises to the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and Alaska. Cruises will receive up to $200 per person in shipboard credit along with reduced deposits. Ends October 27th

Celebrity Cruise Lines is offering up to $200 on board credit on an Alaska, Caribbean, or Europe Sailing between January 1, 2013 through April 13, 2014. Ends October 27th.



Royal Caribbean is offering up to $100 on board credit for 2013 European or Transatlantic sailings of 7 nights or longer. Ends October 28th.

Please email me at tripswithangie@gmail.com to book your next favorite vacation.




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Disney Deals for travel Jan - March 2013


 

Now through Dec. 31, 2012, purchase this 5-night, 6-day Walt Disney Travel Company room, ticket and dining plan package at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels for arrivals most nights Jan. 2 – March 7, 2013, and save up to $600.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NCL Cruise Promotion Book by October 21st

 
 

Simply book a 2013 Summer Norwegian cruise vacation by October 21, 2012

and receive:

• Up to $250* onboard credit to use any way your clients choose
• 50% Reduced Deposits
• $300 in e-coupons on summer sailings

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10.10.12 Cruise Promotions

Check out some of the current cruise promotions:


Carnival

From Tuesday, October 9th through Thursday, October 11th, you can book your client’s next cruise at Fun Select Rates and save up to $200 per stateroom on 3 to 5 day sailings, or save up to $300 per stateroom on 6 day or more sailings. Offer is valid on select cruises through May 2013, and on select 2013 Alaska, Europe and Hawaii sailings.
Are they past guests of Carnival? They’re in luck! Book now and you can reserve their next cruise at Past Guest rates and offer them a best available upgrade. Now that’s falling in savings! Click here for the consumer flyer.

 

Disney Cruise Lines

Offer Details:
Book a verandah stateroom (categories 5A-7A) for the price of an oceanview stateroom (categories 9A-9D) on most 7-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas, Sept. 22 – Dec. 21, 2012.*
Additional Details
•This special offer is only valid for new bookings.
•Rates valid for Galveston sailings Sept. 22 – Dec. 21, 2012, for Categories 05A-07A.
•This offer is only available to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
•Government Taxes and Fees, Gratuities and Port Adventures are not included.

NCL

Let's Cruise Event- Reduced Deposit plus Up to $250 Onboard Credit per stateroom plus E-Coupons worth over $300 for 3 day or more sailings. Book by October 13th

Email me at tripswithangie@gmail.com to book

your next favorite vacation.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Free Spa Treatment from Royal Caribbean


 

Royal Caribbean is offering a great promotion for your spa lovers!

Book a balcony or above stateroom and receive a complimentary spa treatment plus a Passport to Savings Onboard Value Booklet filled with coupons for valuable onboard extras - up to a $300 value!
 
Applicable Sailings:
Any 5-Night or longer Royal Caribbean cruise departing between November 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013
No Debate about it…these are Great Deals!
Here are some cruises with great Pack & Go pricing this fall.
Email me at tripswithangie@gmail.com so we can book you
into one of these great balcony cabins:
 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

10.3.12 Cruise Deals

Some great cruise deals for this November, December and January:
 

Carnival Pack-n-Go Specials

 

4 Day Cruises from Port Canaveral or Miami in October, November and December
 starting at $159 per person for an interior cabin
5 Day Cruise from Tampa departing November 17th
starting at $279 per person for an interior cabin
6 Day Cruise from Fort Lauderdale departing December 9th
starting at $329 for an oceanview cabin
8 Day Cruise from New York departing departing November 22nd
starting at $499 for a balcony cabin

Celebrity

 

5 Night Caribbean Cruise from Miami in December
 
starting at $329 per person for an interior cabin
7 Night Caribbean Cruise from San Juan in March
starting at $549 per person for an interior cabin
14 Night Transatlantic Cruise in November
starting at $649 per person for an interior cabin

Disney Cruises

 

Book a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise departing in October or November from Galveston starting at $599 per person, based on double occupancy, in an Inside Stateroom with Restrictions aboard Disney Magic®.

Friday, September 28, 2012

9.28.12 Cruises and All-inclusive Promotions

 

All Inclusive Resort Promotions

 

Beach Palace

Exclusive Prestige Club Perks
Up to $1500 Resort Credit
5 nights from $896 per person
Travel 9/24 - 12/19/12

Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa

Kids Stay Free
5 nights from $556 per person
Travel 11/25 - 12/6/12


Excellence Playa Mujeres

Free Spa Treatment
5 nights from $1,294 per person
Travel 11/17 - 12/18/12

Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines promotions end on Sunday September 30th

On Royal Caribbean don’t miss the chance to get an ocean view cabin for an interior cabin price on the Monarch of the Seas or the Majestic of the Seas or a balcony cabin for an ocean view cabin prices on Allure of the Seas or the Oasis of the Seas.
On Carnival, first timers  on Carnival can get on-board credit or reduced deposits. Returning Carnival cruisers will get free upgrades and reduced deposits.

NCL begins a promotion October 1st including reduced deposits, on board credits and e-coupons for select sailings


Email me at tripswithangie@gmail.com to book one of these great vacations!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

9.25.12 Cruise Deals

 

 

Royal Caribbean

For sailings on Majesty of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 - you can get an ocean view cabin for an interior cabin rate. The Majesty hosts 3 or 4 night Bahamas sailings out of Miami. The Monarch hosts 3 or 4 night Bahamas sailings out of Port Canaveral.

For sailings on the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas between October 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 - you can get a Central Park balcony for an ocean view  cabin rate. The Allure and the Oasis both host 7 day Western or Eastern Caribbean sailings out of Fort Lauderdale.
Bookings must be deposited by September 30th.

Celebrity Cruise Lines

5 night Caribbean Cruise from Miami in December starting at
$329 per person for an interior cabin or $499 for a balcony cabin
7 night Caribbean Cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico in March 2013  starting at
$549 per person for an interior cabin or $849 per person for a balcony cabin
12 night European Cruises in November starting at 
$699 for an interior cabin or $949 for balcony cabin

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sales and Promotions this week

One of the benefits I provide when we work together to book your vacation is that I can research and track promotions that can add to the value of your vacation. Here’s some examples from this week:


A Las Vegas Honeymoon: Savings of  $20 per night up to 5 nights for bookings at MGM properties in Las Vegas plus $75 food and beverage credit for stays over 5 days.

New Year’s Eve in Mexico: $1500 credit at Moon Palace Resort Spa and Golf Club All Inclusive Resort in Cancun, Mexico for stays over five days plus free tickets to the Usher Concert December 29th.

A Spring Break Cruise: NCL’s Dash Sale with reduced deposits and on board credit

Monday, September 17, 2012

Table for One: Lowering costs for single travellers

Finding a good companion to travel with can be incredibly difficult. You want to travel, but you haven't found the best companion to join you. Most tours and cruises charge an additional fee called a "single supplement" for travellers who want their own hotel room or cabin. Sometimes these fees are minimal. Other times, single travellers can end up paying double.  Here's some ideas for lowering the costs of travelling solo.

Escorted tours/Group Tours  
These tours offer the safety and companionship of travelling in a group, but the flexibility to go off and explore on your own. Some groups are specifically designed for singles travel. For instance, Globus offers has a single share guarantee - they will find a roommate for you so you don't have to pay a single supplement.

Cruises
Avalon waives the single supplement on some cruises. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers reduced single supplements on some sailings (150% v. 200% of base fare). The NCL Epic revolutionized singles travel by introducing the singles studio concept. The Epic has singles cabins located around a special lounge for just the guests in those cabins.


As a travel agent, I have special access to information on which cruises have a reduced single supplement and which group tours are the best fit for single travellers so be sure to contact me for your next trip.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cruise Deals

Carnival 3 Day Sale!


 
Starting September 11, 2012, Carnival is hosting a 3 Day Sale
for select sailings through May 2013.
Book now and you’ll save up to $300 per stateroom!
Plus, you can reserve your booking with a 50% reduced deposit. That’s not all! If you are a past guest of Carnival, you’ll receive Past Guest rates, Best Available upgrades and a 50% reduced deposit on select sailings through May 2013.
3 Day Cruise from Port Canaveral in November
starting at $179 per person
4 Day Cruise from Miami in December
starting at $179 per person
8 Day Cruise from New York in February
starting at $499 per person
7 Day Cruise from Tampa in February
 starting at $549 per person

Celebrity

 

5 night Caribbean Cruise from Miami in December
starting at $329 per person or in March starting at $499 per person
Cruise the weekend before Christmas from Miami
4 nights starting at $349 per person
10 night Mediterranean Cruise from Rome in November
starting at $799 per person for an interior cabin or $899 per person  for a Veranda cabin
11 night Australian Cruise from Sydney  in March
starting at $999 per person for an interior cabin or $1,599 per person for a Veranda cabin

NCL

 

SEPTEMBER 12th ONLY - $100 onboard credit for any sailing on the NCL Epic
13 night Transatlantic Cruise  from Barcelona to Miami  in October on the Epic
starting at $499 per person
4 night Bahamas Cruise from Miami in September
starting at $149 per person
10 night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise from Italy  in December  
starting at $499 per person
7 night Bermuda Cruise from New York in October
starting at $429 per person
7 night Western Caribbean from Tampa in November
starting at $549 per person

Royal Caribbean

 

3 or 4 night Bahamas Cruises from Port Canaveral this fall
starting at $169 per person
4 night Caribbean Cruises from Florida in Nov and Dec 
starting at $269 per person from Tampa  or $299 per person from Fort Lauderdale
5 night Caribbean Cruises from Tampa or Ft. Lauderdale in Nov or Dec
starting at $409 per person
7 night Caribbean Cruises from New Orleans in Nov or Dec
starting at $469 per person
All prices are based on double occupancy, do not include taxes and fees and
are subject to change.
Deals on Princess, Holland America, Cunard, and
MSC Cruises are also available.
Email me for more information on to book one of these great deals!  
 
 
 
 

Monday, September 10, 2012

An App for That: Travel Apps

A smart phone can be a huge help when travelling.

Here's some tips for making the most of your smart phone or tablet during travel:

Travel guides: Downloading travel guides is a great way to have all the information you need at your fingertips. Check with your library to see what they have available or keep an eye out for specials at Amazon.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

9.6.12 Last Minute All Inclusive Luxury Deals

Check out these great deals at luxury all-inclusive resorts this fall: 
 
 
7 nights at Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica including  
Round trip Airfare from Boston from $1,532 per person
 
 
5 nights at Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach in Hawaii including
Round trip airfare from Chicago O’Hare for $1,395 per person departing October 11th

**This deal just includes airfare and hotel. Meals and drinks are not included**

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Escorted tours versus hotel/flight packages

I recently got a request from a client:

I want to explore a different part of the world, but I am not sure how to do it? Should I book a tour? Do it on my own? What do you think?



Travelling international is a great adventure. Today's traveller has a lot of options and ways to experience the world. Two of the main options are an escorted tour or just booking hotel/transportation.

An escorted tour generally includes airfare, hotels, tours and a dedicated guide to help get you from one location to another and offer insight into the local culture. These tours tend to be a strict timetable and your trip includes 10 - 50 other travellers.

Some things to consider when booking international travel:

Language - A tour guide can help you navigate a new city with an unfamiliar language. You can secure a tour guide as part of an escorted tour or many message boards on travel sites offer recommendations on local freelance tour guides.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Camping for Labor Day weekend

I am passionate about travel.

I believe getting out of your daily routine can rejuvenate and
bring incredible insights and excitement to your life.

My goal as a travel agent is to help you find the best fit for you and travel companions.

This weekend the best fit for me is going to be a little car camping.

Photo courtesy of: www.soyouwanna.com
We are headed out to of the great state parks near our home
where a campsite costs only $22 per night. Talk about value!

Here's my first draft of all the "stuff" we are going to bring.

For those of you avid campers out there - what are we missing?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8.29.12 Cruise Deals


Carnival Pack n Go Specials

Bookings must be made by August 31st


3 Day Cruise from Port Canaveral in September
starting at $169 per person
4 Day Cruises from Port Canaveral or Miami in September
 starting at $179 per person
5 day cruise from Jacksonville  in September
 starting at $199 per person
7 day cruise from Miami in September
starting at $369 per person  

 

Royal Caribbean

 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tips for Group Travel

Friends and families traveling together can a lot to a vacation: a lot of fun and sometimes a lot of tension.  You may want to throw someone in the pool! 




Before heading out on vacation with a new group, here are some questions to review in advance to ensure a successful vacation.

1. What is your ideal day on vacation? Some people love a day at the beach. Others enjoy an action packed schedule of physical activities. Still others love wandering a city without a plan. It’s important to know in advance what people prefer so you can plan a vacation that offers those elements.  


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

8.22.12 Cruise Deals

One value I add as a travel agent is helping you identify and sort through all these great deals to find the best vacation:


Carnival Pack N Go Specials

 

3 Day Cruises in September from Port Canaveral or Miami
starting at $189 per person

5 Day Cruise from Tampa
 starting at $259 per person

7 Day Cruise from New Orleans
starting at  $369 per person

Monday, August 20, 2012

Tips for renting a car

This week I received an email asking about tips for renting a car.

Here was my response:
Are you brand loyal – meaning you will only rent at one company? If so,  it may be a little harder to find deals. Price the competition using www.kayak.com. Then call the manager of the location where you usually rent and ask them to match the rate. Non-airport locations may be more likely to do this.

Kayak.com is a search engine that pulls together all the online prices from the company’s website. It will also pull prices from travel consolidators like Travelocity or Expedia if you click those boxes. This provides a good overview of the going rate at any given point in time.

If you are interested in trying other companies, take the prices from Kayak and compare those to what you can get through Southwest.com.  On Southwest's main page, they usually have ads for rental cars at 30% off. Click those. You don't need to have a flight.

I have had good luck on Priceline with the name your own price function for rental cars in large cities. You don't see what company it is until after you pay and it's non-refundable. I usually can get a higher class of car for the price of an economy.
Have you found great deals for renting cars? What do you do?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

8.16.12 All inclusive Holiday Deals

You could spend your holidays freezing with your family and fighting over that last bit of jello salad. Or you could spend your holidays like this:

Here's some holiday deals from luxurious all-inclusives:


Seven nights at NOW Jade Riviera Cancun including 
round trip flights from Chicago O'Hare
$1,759.64 per person

Seven nights at Secrets St James Montego Bay including
round trip flights from Chicago O'Hare
$1,738.89 per person

Seven nights at Ocean Blue in Punta Cana 
including round trip flights from Cleveland
$1,700.49 per person

Seven nights at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun
including round trip flighs from Dallas
$1,789.64

Seven nights at Secrets St James Montego Bay
 including round trip flights from Boston
$1,599 per person

Seven nights at Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa
 including round trip flights from Denver
$1,567.30 per person

Please email me for more information on these deals or to book your holiday vacation!